Leech Tishman Elects New Partners

Ryan O. Hemminger and Crystal H. Thornton-Illar Named as New Partners of the Firm

PITTSBURGH, PA – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce the election of Ryan O. Hemminger and Crystal H. Thornton-Illar as new partners of the firm. Ryan practices in Leech Tishman’s Litigation Practice Group and Crystal practices in the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group.

Ryan has a diverse litigation practice, with a focus on commercial litigation. He has successfully represented both businesses and individuals in state and federal courts as well as private arbitration. Some of the types of claims Ryan has litigated include breach of contract, trademark infringement, negligence, fraud, and employment discrimination. Recently, Ryan was instrumental in a jury trial resulting in a $2.3 million verdict in a construction contract dispute. He is also an experienced litigator in Orphans’ Court matters.

Crystal focuses her practice on representing commercial debtors, creditor committees, secured creditors, and trade committees in chapter 11 bankruptcies and related adversary proceedings. She also has experience in representing debtors, trustees, and secured creditors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings and related adversary proceedings. Crystal has also been involved in a number of out of court workouts and business restructurings.

“We are very pleased to have Ryan and Crystal join our partnership,” stated Pete A. Fuscaldo, managing partner of Leech Tishman. “Since joining the firm, they have both been integral members of our lawyer team and have been a tremendous asset to their respective practice groups and the clients they serve.”

Leech Tishman is a firm dedicated to providing full-service commercial legal services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. We combine a deep understanding of our clients and their businesses with skilled legal counsel to find solutions. We offer legal services in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employment, energy, environmental, safety & toxic torts, estates & trusts, government relations, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit www.leechtishman.com.